Meet the team


Meet the people that could change your business's future.

Majella Barkley
Innovation Director
Majella is the on-site Innovation Director at IF and is responsible for providing business and innovation growth support to businesses within IF and the local business community. Majella has a strong background in fostering innovation and facilitating growth within small businesses and strong ties to the local business community; as her father worked at the Mackies factory where IF stands today.
Shane Smith
Community Engagement Officer
With a background in social regeneration within the local community, Shane focuses on engaging the local community on behalf of IF and ensuring that we achieve our vision for the centre to be a shared space and a driver for social regeneration.
Anna McDonnell
Centre Manager
As Centre Manager Anna has created a professional, friendly and supportive environment for Innovation Factory customers.  Delivering consistently high standards she ensures the necessary support and service is tailored and provided to enable her customers to thrive within the centre. Anna is passionate about the exciting businesses being developed within IF and is looking forward to seeing them innovate and grow in the future.
Shauna Topping
Assistant Centre Manager
As Assistant Centre Manager Shauna supports Anna in the day to day running of IF. She is responsible for all IT and Telecoms queries for both new and existing customers. Shauna also deals with the accounts for all of IF customers and suppliers. Shauna is focused on organising the meeting and conference room facilities at IF. She has three years’ experience in working in a serviced office environment and is dedicated to seeing IF develop to its full potential.
Emma Boyd
Centre Support Assistant
As Centre Support Assistant Emma can be found meeting and greeting visitors in reception. She is responsible for handling all telephone enquiries via the switchboard and incoming post/deliveries for customers. Emma works closely alongside Shauna and helps to manage the meeting and conference rooms at IF. Emma provides administrative support for both the management team and customers at IF. She is very excited to see IF develop and grow.

Work among our many inspiring companies at the forefront of science and tech.

Plasmatreat UK Limited: – Innovative, safe, cost-effective, environmentally friendly Openair plasma technology. Like no other form of energy, plasma energy is outstandingly suited for targeted surface treatment of all types of materials. Even highly sensitive surfaces can be reliably and safely cleaned, activated and coated.

Laplacian provide a range of high technology magnet systems for Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance NMT and other applications where other applications where special attention to magnetic field properties is required.

GeneFirst Ltd is a molecular diagnostics company working predominantly in the fields of infectious disease, cancer diagnostics and personalized medicine.

Diagnosing cancer early and accurately is crucial for effective treatment and survival. Active Needle Technology Ltd aims to develop much better solutions for cancer detection.

Founded as a spin-out of Oxford University, the company specializes in the detection of fraud across the internet, including fraud in on-line advertising and in on-line identity management. The company has its headquarters in Luxembourg with a strong presence in Switzerland, the Netherlands and US.

Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors. Tokamaks are the most advanced fusion concept in the world, but we take an innovative approach to develop fusion faster.

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